2019-20Regular SeasonRound 12
December 06, 2019 CET: 18:45
Local time: 20:45 ULKER SPORTS AND EVENT HALL

Fener edges past ALBA in overtime thriller

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul made it three wins in a row with a thrilling 107-102 overtime win against battling ALBA Berlin. Stellar shooting from long range propelled Fenerbahce into a big early lead, but the Turkish team scored just 4 points in the first 8 minutes of the second quarter as ALBA roared back to move ahead. The second half was very closely contested, with neither team establishing a dominant lead and Luka Sikma scoring to force overtime with 4.5 seconds remaining. Ahmet Duverioglu shone in the extra period, netting 6 points in just over a minute to give Fener the win. Kostas Sloukas led his team with a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists, and Nando De Colo scored 18 points on his return from injury. Melih Mahmutoglu scored 17 points on 5-of-9 three-point shooting, while Joffrey Lauvergne netted 15 points and Derrick Williams 14. Rokas Giedraitis top scored for ALBA with 19 points on 5-of-7 three-pointers, and Sikma contributed 18 points and 8 assists. Martin Hermansson (12), Niels Giffey (12), Peyton Siva (10) and Marcus Eriksson (10) all scored in double figures for the visitors. Fenerbahce improves to 5-7, while ALBA is now 4-8.

Sikma started the scoring inside, but Mahmutoglu and Luigi Datome answered from long-range. Lauvergne scored twice inside and Williams did likewise from the outside for an 18-6 lead. Datome and Mahmutoglu were again good from downtown, as was Giffey for ALBA. Sloukas found Lauvergne and De Colo for open shots as Fener continued to motor, ending the first quarter 30-16. Siva and Eriksson started the second quarter scoring, before a big dunk from Duverioglu reignited the host. Sweet ball movement from ALBA gave Kresimir Nikic an easy finish and Giffey converted another triple for a 0-7 run. Williams dunked in a rare offensive spark from Fener, but Giedraitis and Eriksson both scored from deep in a 0-8 run to make it 34-35. Another Mahmutoglu triple helped Fener respond, and it was 41-40 at half-time.

Siva, Giedraitis and Sikma all penetrated to score early in the second half, and Giedraitis struck another pair of three-pointers to make it 44-52. Mahmutoglu’s fourth triple and fastbreak layup gave the host fresh hope, and a long two from Sloukas followed by Datome and De Colo free throws restored Fener’s lead on a 13-2 run. Jonas Mattiseck scored twice from deep, but Vladimir Stimac finished the third quarter with a three-point play, making it 65-62. De Colo and Eriksson netted triples early in the fourth, and three-point plays from Sloukas and Hermansson kept it close at 71-72. Great ball movement allowed Hermansson to make a three-pointer for a 71-75 lead, completing a 0-8 run. But Lauvergne scored twice to spark Fener, and Sloukas’s long two made it 78-79 with 150 seconds remaining and free throws kept it close until Sloukas penetrated to score for 84-83, before Williams produced a huge play by blocking Giffey to race downcourt and slam. Free throws from Hermansson and Sloukas made it 88-85, and after Giffey split free throws Sikma converted an offensive board to make it 88-88 with 4.5 seconds remaining. Fener’s last chance to win came to nothing as Williams missed from long-range on the buzzer.

Datome and Hermansson fouled out at the start of overtime, following Siva to five fouls. Giedraitis, Nnoko, Sloukas and De Colo were all perfect from the foul line, before De Colo penetrated to score the first field goal of the extra period. Makai Mason responded for ALBA for 94-94, before Williams dunked and Mason netted a jumper. Mahmutoglu struck from long range, and Duverioglu’s free throws made it 101-96 after an unsportsmanlike foul on Sikma with 100 seconds remaining. Giffey’s triple made it a one-possession game, but Duverioglu twice dunked for a 105-99 lead. Giedraitis made another three-pointer to make it 105-102 with 15 seconds remaining, but Sloukas was ice-cool from the foul line and Fener held on.

De Colo and Westermann return

After a four-game absence, Nando De Colo made a return to action for Fenerbahce. The French star came off the bench towards the end of the first quarter and signalled his return by immediately making a mid-range jumper. He ended up playing 22 minutes, playing a big role in the win by scoring 18 points including 6 of 6 free throws. Leo Westermann also made his first appearance since Round 8, appearing for 4 minutes in the first half.


Hot shooting from long-range

Fenerbahce moved into a double-digit lead by the midway stage of the first quarter thanks to perfect long-range shooting: Melih Mahmutoglu and Luigi Datome struck first, before Derrick Williams fired two more in the space of 22 seconds. Further strikes from Datome and Mahmutoglu meant that Fener was a perfect 6-of-6 from long-range at the end of the first quarter. The home team ended up with 11-of-26 three-pointers on the night, but was outperformed by ALBA which made 14-of-29.

Free throws prove pivotal

With 59 combined attempts, there were more free throws in this game than any other so far this season. And the difference in conversion rates made a big difference to the outcome, with Fener making 28-of-31 trips to the foul line including a perfect 13 of 13 from Kostas Sloukas. ALBA did not fare quite so well from its free throws, making 22 of 28 attempts.

Next round

Fenerbahce faces an electric local derby in Round 13 with a home meeting against high-flying Anadolu Efes Istanbul. ALBA stays on the road, travelling to take on Khimki Moscow Region.

Kostas Sloukas - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - EB19
Friday, December 6, 2019
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; PETEK, SASO; BALAK, AMIT
Attendance: 8282 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul3011242319
ALBA Berlin1624222614
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul30416588107
ALBA Berlin16406288102
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 4:00     0/2         1   1     1   -3
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 38:52 17 1/2 5/9         1 1       3   11
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 4:33   0/2                       1 -1
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 40:53 23 5/6   13/13   3 3 10 1 2     3 8 39
19 DE COLO, NANDO 22:04 18 3/5 2/5 6/6   2 2 3   3     3 5 17
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 25:32 14 4/7 2/5     4 4 3 1 3 1 1 1 3 15
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 6:17     0/1   1 1 2           1    
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 17:29 9 3/3   3/5 2 3 5     1     4 4 11
70 DATOME, LUIGI 34:20 8 0/2 2/4 2/2 2 5 7 4 2 3     5 2 11
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 24:19 15 6/9   3/4 3 3 6     1     2 4 18
91 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 6:41 3 1/1   1/1       1   2     2 1 1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 225:00 107 23/37 11/26 28/31 9 24 33 23 5 16 1 1 25 28 123
        62.2% 42.3% 90.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MASON, MAKAI 4:25 4 2/2 0/1             1         2
3 SIVA, PEYTON 21:13 10 2/4 0/1 6/8   1 1 6 2 1     5 5 13
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 22:19 12 1/4 3/5 1/2   2 2 3 2 3   1 3 2 8
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 36:39 10 1/5 2/5 2/2   4 4 1   1       1 8
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 12:07 8 1/1 2/3                   1 1 7
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 28:55 12 3/7 1/2 3/3 1   1 4 1       5 4 12
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR 14:07 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2 2 2 1     3 2 4
25 OGBE, KENNETH 3:17     0/2   1   1     1         -2
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 28:24 19 1/4 5/7 2/2 1 4 5 2 1 1     3 1 19
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 26:30 7 1/2   5/7 3 2 5 1   3     4 7 10
43 SIKMA, LUKE 27:04 18 6/7 1/2 3/4 3 5 8 4     1   4 2 26
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 225:00 102 19/38 14/29 22/28 11 22 33 23 8 13 1 1 28 25 110
        50% 48.3% 78.6%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
“We started the game very good in the first quarter, and I repeated many times to the players that ALBA never give up, they always play the same way. Our second quarter was terrible and after that we really didn’t understand that the way to play ALBA is to be close to them. We gave a lot of open shots, and it became this kind of game, a game that could have been easy to win in regular time. But this is basketball. It’s an important win for us, thanks to our people for great support and congratulations to ALBA for a great game.”
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"We began playing bad, without energy, and Fenerbahce took a big advantage. After that we played normally and probably the game was decided because they shot a lot of free throws with very good percentages."

Players

SLOUKAS, KOSTAS
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
“It was an important win, ALBA give trouble to a lot of teams so we knew it would be a difficult game. I’m always ready to help the team as the coach believes, and I felt good today. We lost concentration for some minutes, but generally we didn’t play that bad. We knew that ALBA would play the same if they’re back by 14 points or ahead by 20 points, we had to be ready and we’ve been practising all week for this. We played at a great tempo and finally found a way to win. This is very important and what the team needs, find a way to take victories.”
MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
“ALBA played really hard, we tried to give everything but sometimes we made easy mistakes. Because of this is was a tough game, but finally we won. We’re very tired because it wasn’t easy to win but now we have to continue like this. We had to play smart offense and defensively we had to run back because they play fastbreak and all five players can shoot outside. Sometimes we stopped this and if we got the rebounds we could score easy baskets, and after that everything was easy.”
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